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Gratefulness is the pause and reflection in the moment to acknowledge what you have in mind, body, and spirit. I have been working on my memoir and realize as I am nearing the end that while I have had my ups and downs of life, the act of writing my story is an act of gratefulness. I am able to see in a more clear fashion what I have experienced and how it has created the me that I am. It allows me to say thank to the circle of spirits that are no longer here that helped shaped me. AND it gives me the opportunity to say thank you to those who are still on the plane of existence. AND it allows me be in the now of life and to appreciate everything.
Gratitude enables me to care for my partner in a way which is mindful of her appreciation for what I do for her. Those actions are for both of us, not only for her. When she expresses appreciation to me, it helps me realize that what I do has meaning.
Living gratefully helps me to welcome every emotion as a teacher, knowing it will pass and lead me forward.
Being grateful, and writing about it every day, expands my heart outward instead of dwelling on the “poor little me” setbacks that sometimes seem so huge.
Each winter allows me to reflect with gratitude on the suffering I have endured. The season of fallow, a time for the fields to rest and recover, and so do I, with deep gratitude.
Reflecting on others posts, i am in a better position to reap the advantages of a grateful approach to whatever the situation, experience, thought, emotion. Many thanks for your reflections.
Helps me stay focused and not dwell on negatives in my life right now.
The Stoics’ “Amor Fati” comes to mind. Love your fate. Receiving everything with a mindset of gratitude, even suffering and loss, makes it easier to navigate those things that we would rather avoid. It helps to find the silver lining and to role up our sleeves to deal with whatever comes, without falling into despair or inertia . And for the things that we desire for our life, we receive them with joy and the same gratitude. I think that always receiving everything with gratitude also prevents us from blaming, looking for a culprit and judging, but rather adopt a focus on problem solving. The big question for me is just how well I can implement gratitude into my daily life. Practice, practice and practice! 🙂
Living gratefully helps me with one of the greatest paradoxes of Life: My true Nature is the Paradox to take care of all paradoxes: there is nothing that is not me and nothing that is me; the Aware Space is and isn’t its contents; I care, and I don’t care; I control things and they just happen. This may sound silly, but in fact it turns out to be the perfection of wisdom. Well, for this crazy guy anyway.
Being grateful makes it easier for me to navigate the ups & downs of life. Having the mindset of gratefulness allows me to accept the good & the bad. Gratefulness is sunshine on a dark rainy day.
Blessings to All here.❤️✨⭐️
Pema Chodron in a talk at the Omega Institute reminds her audience that our natural state has always been groundlessness. Life, by its very nature defies security. She urges us to understand that when we can accept this fact, it becomes a positive that brings out a kindness that opens our hearts and our minds. What have we got to lose? What do we know for sure, anyway?
I would add that accepting our groundlessness makes it much easier to navigate our ups and downs and be grateful for what we have. Gratefulness is life-giving not life-limiting and you and I are Life. To be grateful is to live not just exist. As I have heard Br. David say, it opens the door to opportunities.
Gratefullness in the here and now centers me….but it does not come easy. When things are rocky and not going as I would like, I need to remember to be grateful…and not wallow in some self made inner conflict. I am grateful for this site and all of you who come here every day…truly a gift.
Living gratefully is one of the
practices that I do, to keep myself
oriented in a more positive
direction and give my life more
Gratefulness is part of my resiliency plan. It helps me move through the ups and downs in a balanced way.
Living gratefully enables me to appreciate and understand the challenges and joys in life.
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